Beta Centauri


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Beta Centauri

(bā`tə sĕntôr`ī): see HadarHadar
or Beta Centauri
, bright star in the constellation Centaurus; 1992 position R.A. 14h01.7m, dec. −60°13'. A bluish-white giant of spectral class B1 II, it has an apparent magnitude of 0.
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Beta Centauri

(sen-tor -ÿ, -ee) (Hadar; Agena; β Cen) A luminous remote but still conspicuous blue-white giant that is the second-brightest star in the constellation Centaurus. It is a visual binary, separation 1″.2. mv : 0.61 (var.); Mv : –4.4; spectral type: B1 II; distance: 100 pc.

beta Centauri

[¦bā·də sen′tȯ·rē]
(astronomy)
A first-magnitude navigational star in the constellation Centaurus; 200 light-years from the sun; spectral classification B0. Also known as Agena; Hadar.
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About 5[degrees] south-southwest of Beta Centauri lies an interesting faint galaxy that can be seen with telescopes as small as 8 inches (20 centimeters).
The full symmetry of the pattern is apparent only if you can see all the way to Beta Centauri.
Eventually the full majesty of the southern sky unfolded, with Alpha and Beta Centauri, the Southern Cross, the Jewel Box and the Coalsack, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the Magellanic Clouds all forming an exquisite backdrop to a storm of meteors.
Although Fomalhaut and Achernar are fairly high and getting higher, Alpha and Beta Centauri are fairly low and getting lower.
I also explored the extremely rich star fields around Eta Carinae, the Southern Cross, and Alpha and Beta Centauri.
These extras include the Alpha and Beta Centauri region, the area around Barnard's Star, and the Pleiades star cluster.
No sooner had I stepped out onto the bow than two stars high in the south, Alpha and Beta Centauri, commanded my attention.